great deal

noun \ (ˈ)grā(t)¦dēl , chiefly before pause or consonant -ēəl \

Definition of great deal

: a large quantity : lot
  • received a great deal of sympathy at his bereavement
  • asked for little but received a great deal
a great deal
1 : to a considerable degree or extent : by a considerable amount
  • a great deal better
2 : often, frequently
  • he runs a great deal
used with intransitive verbs
3 : highly
  • think a great deal of that book
adverb

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1711

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